The Jakarta Post
State-owned energy giant Pertamina is set to import EURO IV gasoline to comply with the government’s mandate to boost the air quality of several regions prior to the 2018 Asian Games (Asiad) in August and the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in October.
Pertamina spokesperson Adiatma Sardjito said almost all of Indonesia’s oil refineries were currently incapable of producing EURO IV gasoline.
“Through the completion of our refinery project called Proyek Langit Biru Cilacap [PLBC], we will be able to produce EURO IV gasoline, but its development will not be completed until the end of this year. So, we will meet some of the EURO IV gasoline needs through imports,” Adiatma said Monday.
The Environment and Forestry Ministry previously informed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on March 5 that to reduce the level of air pollution, which is partly caused by gas-guzzling vehicles, Indonesia needed to use cleaner gasoline with EURO IV standard.
Therefore, Pertamina has been tasked with ensuring the supply and distribution of its EURO IV-standard Pertamax Turbo gasoline, which has a research octane number (RON) of 98, in Jakarta and Palembang, which will be the host cities of the Asian Games, by May at the latest.
Moreover, Pertamina will also have to ensure Pertamax Turbo supply in Bali, where the IMF-WB annual meeting will be held, and in Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Banyuwangi and Labuan Bajo, where the meeting’s participants are expected to enjoy tour packages offered by the Tourism Ministry. (bbn)